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Old 07-11-2008, 11:46 AM   #1
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When transferring from a primary to a secondary, can you use a coffee filter to catch any settlement that may get caught up in your siphon hose so you will have a clearer beer?


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Old 07-11-2008, 12:06 PM   #2
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You shouldn't. A coffee filter will be an excellent way to highly aerate your beer. Good for when you first transfer out of the boiler, bad for finished beer. The secondary is the whole point of racking to it anyways, to allow for further clarification. It will settle out and that'll be good.


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The main purpose of a secondary is for clearing.

Don't try to rush a natural process.
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Okay thanks. Was just a thought, but I understand what you are saying.
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Would a muslin bag wrapped around the auto siphon cause aeration too? I dry hopped by just throwing in the hop pellets so I was thinking of the best way to keep them out of the bottling bucket.
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Old 07-11-2008, 01:19 PM   #6
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Would a muslin bag wrapped around the auto siphon cause aeration too? I dry hopped by just throwing in the hop pellets so I was thinking of the best way to keep them out of the bottling bucket.
Not necessary. The hops should have fallen out and be sitting on the bottom.

Just don't be so greedy (trying to get the last drop) when racking...
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haha...i like that get greeedy statement...

I too get greedy when going from the primary to the secondary...haha...
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Would a muslin bag wrapped around the auto siphon cause aeration too? I dry hopped by just throwing in the hop pellets so I was thinking of the best way to keep them out of the bottling bucket.
You could put a bag around the part that goes into the carboy instead of the outside for bottling.
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Sure get yourself a DE filter. Only a few thousand bucks.

Otherwise just let the clearing vessel (secondary) do its thing naturally

Or even better, if possible crash cool the primary before racking.
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Heck, I've even taken to sucking up a bit of the cake while racking into the secondary. I was inspired to do this reading about brewers who leave their beers in primary for up to four weeks so the yeast can clean up after themselves. While I don't yet have enough buckets to do this (I want to get a variety of beers going), I thought I might simulate this at least a little bit by transferring just a little of the cake to the carboy. I can't say for sure if it has helped, but most certainly has not hurt my beer.


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